32 episodes

In 15 Minutes With The Doctor, Vinay Shankar shares the stories of healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators who are growing their unique ideas. Learn from their journeys, including successes and mistakes, so you can make your change to healthcare and grow your OWN idea. Each show covers key strategies, interesting concepts, and has actionable tips and tricks for listeners.

15 Minutes With The Doctor: Learn from Healthcare Entrepreneurs and Innovators Dr Vinay Shankar: Doctor | Author | Innovator

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In 15 Minutes With The Doctor, Vinay Shankar shares the stories of healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators who are growing their unique ideas. Learn from their journeys, including successes and mistakes, so you can make your change to healthcare and grow your OWN idea. Each show covers key strategies, interesting concepts, and has actionable tips and tricks for listeners.

    32: Corti, An AI Friend For Emergency Call Handlers With Andreas Cleve

    32: Corti, An AI Friend For Emergency Call Handlers With Andreas Cleve

    Our guest on this episode of 15 Minutes with the Doctor is Andreas Cleve, co-founder of Corti.ai. It’s a voice-based digital assistant that augments conversations that emergency call handlers have with patients, to provide them with additional support in real-time. Learn how Corti started, how it can provide second opinions using AI, and their focus on high-quality data.



    Topics Covered in this Episode:



    The premise of Corti

    The origins of Corti

    Corti’s data

    How Corti will help further healthcare



    The premise of Corti



    Medical expertise is hard to acquire, and Corti can help fill the gaps

    It is a voice-based digital system that curates data from millions of previous emergency calls

    It distributes the expertise of medical professionals beyond their reach



    “Corti will listen in when a patient and medical professional are conversing and try to help the medical professional come up with the most plausible course of action to triage the patient.”

    The origins of Corti



    Founded in 2016

    Andreas recognised that medical professionals could feel overwhelmed by the limits of their medical knowledge

    There is a lot of pressure on medical professionals to detect, diagnose, and treat patients based on one conversation with them



    “Illness has always been a big part of my life and learning to cope with it. The importance of having access to support and advice and expertise is something that is possible.”

    Corti’s data



    Currently, 7 emergency organisations are using Corti’s service

    Data has been collected from over 7 million emergency calls

    Corti provides a multi-dimensional platform that will help medical professionals augment their opinions with previous similar patient conversations

    With follow-up data, Corti can offer probabilities for diagnosis and treatment



    “We can reduce the number of undetected cardiac arrests by up to 44%”

    How Corti will help further healthcare



    Healthcare must stand the test of time

    Start from high-acuity conversations in emergency care then move into broader aspects such as triage

    Corti’s employees truly believe in the mission of making second opinions accessible to everyone



    “Corti can pattern-track what is said and correlate it to clean data.”

    For more information:

    https://www.corti.ai/Corti AI supports emergency service dispatchers by providing diagnostic advice

    • 22 min
    31: How AccuRx Chain Rapidly Mobilised To Support Family Doctors During The Coronavirus Pandemic With Jacob Haddad

    31: How AccuRx Chain Rapidly Mobilised To Support Family Doctors During The Coronavirus Pandemic With Jacob Haddad

    In this episode, Vinay speaks with Jacob from AccuRx. Jacob is one of the creators of Chain SMS, a program designed for primary care to be able to easily and quickly communicate with their patients, video consult, and send documents. The text-based service has proved a hit with many doctors in a huge shift to virtual and remote consultations in response to Covid-19.



    Topics Covered in this Episode:





    Chain SMS and its key features

    The why

    Vinay’s experience with Chain SMS

    How AccuRx mobilised quickly

    Chain SMS statistics

    The interesting ways Chain SMS has been used during COVID

    Will there be continued use or growth after the pandemic?









    Chain SMS and its key features



    Originally designed for GP practices to communicate information with patients

    Over the past few weeks, have added the ability to collect data from patients, send documents, video consult, etc.

    The problem and the solution



    “As a company, we believe that healthcare is a communication industry.”





    The why



    Initially worked on antibiotic prescribing and how to send information to patients

    They wanted to build something easy-to-adopt and a useful way for doctors to contact patients. This led to them launching Chain SMS two years ago

    Jacob has a personal interest in healthcare systems and improving workflow







    Vinay’s experience with Chain SMS



    Chain SMS formed part of a model supporting a switch to a total triage system where patients avoid coming into the surgery



    “We do a new release of our software every couple of days, and are constantly making really small improvements.”





    How AccuRx mobilised quickly





    Dedicated time to building good infrastructure (updating software, user accounts, support team, etc.)

    The team is committed to helping users and improving constantly

    Over a weekend in March, they enabled features to help doctors respond more effectively to Covid-19

    They wanted something that worked without an app or required new hardware and have also developed a hospital version





    “The need to communicate has only just become a lot more acute during Covid, because things cannot be solved face-to-face.”



    Chain SMS statistics



    6 400 GP practices in England using the service out of a possible 7000

    150 000 patient messages sent each day

    15 000 documents and patient responses





    The interesting ways Chain SMS has been used during COVID



    Practices can speak to patients on the phone, create a summary of the record or referral, and send it directly to the patient for them to take it to hospital if needed

    Adding multiple people to video calls (other family members or interpreters)

    Patients wait in the car park, and doctors send an SMS when they’re ready to see the patient





    Will there be continued use or growth after the pandemic?





    Some facets aren’t specific to coronavirus

    Plans and hopes to bring new features and growth beyond primary care

    New features like facilitating patient initiation of sending a message







    For more information:

    Website: https://www.accurx.com/

    • 23 min
    30: Personalised 3D Printed Nutritional Supplements with Melissa Snover from Nourished

    30: Personalised 3D Printed Nutritional Supplements with Melissa Snover from Nourished

    On this episode, Vinay is joined by Melissa from Nourished, a start-up where they create a personalised nutritional supplement using 3D printers in single batches. Melissa shares her background that led to this venture, describes various aspects of the product, benefits of the unique market and how their adaptability meant they could create a new blend as requested by customers for nutritional support during the coronavirus pandemic.



    Topics Covered in this Episode:



    What is Nourished?

    About the Gummy Stacks

    Live Stacks vs create your custom stack

    How they designed the personal stacks?

    Benefits and challenges of 3D printing



    What is Nourished?



    How it started

    The technology behind it

    The problem and the solution

    The previous business that led to Nourished



    “One of the trends we see is people not supplementing to make up for a shortage of nutrients but to boost performance.”

    Gummy Stacks



    Seven nutrients in the product - Why 7 nutrients?

    The UK as a test market and understanding the market

    Keep it simple and realise that you do have something to give



    “More than half of the UK takes vitamins on a regular basis.”

    Life Stacks vs create your custom stack



    Paralysis of choice potential

    Category choices

    Blend surrounding Coronavirus

    Quick timeline turnaround because made on demand

    Response to market demand in real-time



    “We can add new stacks in seven minutes.”

    How they designed personal stacks



    Testing for future biometric products

    Finding the right way to offer value and generate income

    How they chose ingredients



    Cost and numbers



    Cost-effective price point

    A High percentage of people choosing customised stacks

    Ambition for number of subscribers now vs 3 years



    Benefits and challenges of 3D printing



    How the prototype works

    Importance of a good team

    An open market full of enthusiasts pushing forward for the advancement of the technology.



    “When you have a prototype, you have to get as much experience as you can and continually optimise the design until you have something good enough.”

    For more information:

    Website: https://get-nourished.com/

    • 26 min
    29: Driving innovation by Sharing Equipment with Johannes Solzbach from Clustermarket

    29: Driving innovation by Sharing Equipment with Johannes Solzbach from Clustermarket

    On this episode, Vinay is joined by Johannes, CEO of Clustermarket, an online sharing platform connecting researchers in the science and healthcare space to scientific equipment on-demand at leading institutions. The ability to share and book equipment online enables access to tools that can help people innovate faster. Learn about Clustermarket’s why, how and what.



    Topics Covered in this Episode:



    Identifying the Problem

    Equipment

    How it Works?

    Income Generation

    Building Partnerships



    Identifying the Problem



    People in the life sciences field have ideas but often don’t have the equipment they need with high barriers to entry.

    One of the co-founders realised the need when he was conducting experiments in the lab and didn’t have instruments needed but wondered ‘what would happen’ if he had what he needed on demand.

    They pitched the idea to universities and pharmaceutical companies and conducted a pilot.



    “We believe innovation is limited to those who have done it before, have a strong track record and are selected by a few gatekeepers who provide money to purchase resources to hit milestones and prove an innovation.”

    Equipment



    Equipment type ranges from pre-clinical research to lab space.

    They have 2500 instruments available on the platform from basic equipment such as centrifuges to specialised equipment such as microscopes worth millions.



    How it works?



    Scientist wants to do research.

    Scientist signs up on platform free of charge and can search for service or equipment needed.

    Scientist is able to see where service or equipment is available.

    Request access and communicate with provider through the platform to answer all questions.

    Lab manager can pre-approve and then requester agrees to the terms and provides payment.

    Equipment can be offered from providers with training, a technician or full service.



    “We thought why don’t we use existing resources more sustainably and efficiently to create more outcome.”

    Income Generation



    The platform model is similar to Airbnb and other online marketplaces.

    Income is generated from the commission of successful transactions.

    Platform can be used internally within institutions for a subscription fee.



    Building Partnerships



    University College of London bought into the idea because they had purchased a lot of equipment that wasn’t being used efficiently.

    As more universities came on board, trust was built with universities and lab managers in regards to the model.

    Relationships are important to build trust with both the lab managers as well as the end-user.

    Over 280 companies and over 450 labs are using the platform in both large and smaller universities.

    Analysis indicates the potential of getting into over 10,000 labs first in the European and then the global market with the primary goal of opening collaboration opportunities.



    For more information:

    Website: https://www.clustermarket.com/

    Email: jsolzbach@clustermarket.com

    • 21 min
    28: Ladle – A digital weight loss tool with Hazel Maxwell

    28: Ladle – A digital weight loss tool with Hazel Maxwell

    On this episode of 15 Minutes with the doctor, Vinay is joined by Hazel Maxwell, co-founder of the Ladle app. Ladle is a low-cost digital weight loss tool that is currently being used by the city of Nottingham to help improve the lifestyles of its citizens. Learn why they developed this solution, the importance of testing and needs assessments, and how they rolled out the product.



    Topics Covered in this Episode:



    How Ladle got started

    Conducting needs assessments

    Trial and market tests

    Current implementation

    Challenges faced



    How Ladle got started



    Hazel and her co-founder were working as consultants in the healthcare industry

    They noticed a gap in the market for weight loss tools and saw the potential for a cheaper, scalable digital solution

    Considering that 60% of the population of the U.K. is classified as “overweight” or “obese”, they felt that the need for a product like this was great



    Conducting needs assessments



    Hazel and her co-founder met with healthcare providers, dieticians, clinicians, and psychologists to determine the needs

    They directly asked these individuals for their feedback and then kept them informed throughout the process



    “We have a really strong focus on the psychological elements of eating habits.”

    Trial and market tests



    Their trial found that the Ladle app had the same effectiveness as in-person intervention method

    They did, however, have a higher dropout rate (44% completions on the app compared to 55%)

    There is the potential to integrate the Ladle program with some in-person elements to increase the completion rate in the future

    As a result of their trial experience, they received a direct award to be the commissioned provider for the city of Nottingham



    “Our aim is to make Ladle as effective as the interventions currently in use by the NHS or different healthcare providers but be purely digital.”

    Current implementation



    The Ladle app is currently available to all citizens living in Nottingham who are between the ages of 18-65 whose body mass index is over 25

    This agreement lasts until April of 2020 but they are hoping to expand the use of the app to other areas too



    Challenges faced



    It is difficult for startups to be considered during the bidding process with the NHS and local councils because of the lack of having 3 years of financial information available

    They have also found it difficult to increase the awareness of GPs of their product and consequently the number of referrals

    Hazel points out that there are ways that the healthcare system could promote more innovation



    “As well as being low cost, we are also unlimited referrals.”



    For more information:



    https://www.ladleapp.com/



    hazel.maxwell@ladleapp.com



    https://www.asklion.co.uk/kb5/nottingham/directory/home.page



    Connect with us:



    https://www.instagram.com/doctor.vinay/



    https://twitter.com/VinayShankar

    • 27 min
    27: Optimising Your Life & Brain with Dan Murray-Serter from Heights

    27: Optimising Your Life & Brain with Dan Murray-Serter from Heights

    On this episode, Vinay speaks with Dan from Heights. Dan and his team aim to help people optimise their life and brain by providing curated content in neuroscience, nutrition and psychology. Dan is also launching a high quality supplement for brain health. Learn about his passion to move into the wellness space, his past as a co-founder of a popular fashion mobile app, and he shares what he has learnt from his entrepreneurial journey so far.





    Topics Covered in this Episode:



    The product – A supplement for the brain

    The content – A weekly newsletter

    Awareness of user needs

    Advice to creators and aspiring creators of medical apps





    The product – A supplement for the brain



    Promotes longevity in brain health

    Assists in the absorption of the hydration and nutrition

    Amplifies productivity and overall wellbeing

    Will be launched in January 2020, but email subscribers are invited to begin testing the product later this autumn





    “We are creating the highest-quality multivitamin for the brain that can help promote longevity in brain health.”



    The content – A weekly newsletter



    Provides value to the users, educating them about how science practically impacts their brains

    Contains curated content from scientific journals, making it accessible to the layperson





    “I turn the science into English and make it engaging and fun for people to learn more about their brain every single week and how it works.”



    Awareness of user needs



    Delivering content to the right consumers through the right medium is very important

    Consumers look at social media with a bit of skepticism towards the quality of the content

    A weekly email newsletter is reliable and socially responsible, meeting people where they are





    “All of these things [Facebook, Instagram, etc.] are platforms and who you choose to follow obviously impacts your relationship with that medium.”



    Advice to creators and aspiring creators of medical apps



    Develop your niche and become an expert

    You cannot be all things to all people, but you can serve your specific audience very well

    Implement some tests with your target demographics to determine how they want to interact with an app like yours





    “There are four major pillars that I believe as core to having a healthy brain and they are hydration, nutrition, sleep, and social connection.”



    For more information:

    https://twitter.com/danmurrayserter

    www.yourheights.com

    • 20 min

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